healthier peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

not only are these peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies delicious, they are healthy enough to eat for breakfast

healthy peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

It’s been 7 weeks, and so far I am absolutely in LOVE with Weight Watchers. I was pretty skeptical at first, but now am a true believer.  I have tried so many things over the years to take the weight off, only to find myself a few pounds heavier than when I started.

healthier peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

Shakes, bars, meal replacements of any kind are not the answer; no matter how much money I spent. I need real food. So I was more than a little shocked when week after week, I ate real food. Food that I made. That I and my family loved. I didn’t have to prepare “special” meals for myself. And the weight came off. Maybe not a lot all at once, but 1 or 2 pounds each and every week.

Now after 7 weeks and 13 pounds, my Monday meetings are one of the highlights of my week. More than anything, I have learned how to make the foods I love more healthy.

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but every now and then I do get a craving for a cookie. Most of the time they aren’t worth the points, and we all know that one cookie is not an option; you always need at least two. I’m not willing to skip a meal to have a cookie, so finding a healthier option, more importantly a cookie that doesn’t break the points bank, was a must. The kids LOVE these chocolate cookies, but I am a peanut butter and oatmeal fan.

Peanut butter is a bit too high in points for me to use all the time, so I started buying PB2, and I love it. The cookies are simple, oats, banana, PB2, a bit of brown sugar, and a few chocolate chips. Using bananas that are VERY ripe allows you to use a very small amount of sugar and still have cookies that taste like cookies.

healthier peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

healthier peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, well mashed
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup pb2 or other powdered peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
 

Directions:

  • blend together the banana, egg, pb2, and brown sugar
  • add the baking soda, salt, oats, and then  fold in the chocolate chips if using
  • cover and chill for at least 30 minutes
  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • scoop dough (1-1 1/2 tsp per cookie) onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet
  • bake 10-15 minutes (10 for softer cookies, 12-15 for more firm)
  • cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully move to a rack
       

My bananas were overripe, so I used 1/4 cup of brown sugar. The cookies we very sweet, so I could have probably used  less. Even when adding chocolate chips each cookie is only 2 weight watchers points.

Make sure to let your batter chill for at least 30 minutes before baking. As or the baking time, I prefer a softer cookie. Baking the cookies for 10 minutes was perfect for me. If you want them a bit more firm, bake 12-15 minutes, but be careful to watch for burning.

Healthy doesn’t have to be boring, and these healthier peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies are anything but.

enjoy!

healthier peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies